Women on Trial: Advancing gender inequality in Pakistan

Women on Trial: Advancing gender inequality in Pakistan

Pakistan ranks high on the list of countries with rampant discrimination against sex. In a country where religion is often used as an excuse to bind shackles around girls’ feet, being a girl in this patriarchal society is hardly less than a crime. From infanticide to honor killing to other...

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Comprehensive memoir on drug abuse and addiction; disorder of choice paving way for societal degeneration

Comprehensive memoir on drug abuse and addiction; disorder of choice paving way for societal degeneration

People from all walks of life can experience problems with their drug use, regardless of age, race, or background. While some are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without experiencing negative effects, others find that substance use takes a serious toll on their health and well-being. A drug is...

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Lessons for Pakistan: how equal opportunities for rich and poor helped the Nordic country become a world reference in education

Lessons for Pakistan: how equal opportunities for rich and poor helped the Nordic country become a world reference in education

In Finland, students have few evaluations. The Finns met the asphalt in the 1920s. Until the early twentieth century, what they knew was basically poverty. In contrast, when in 1909 Paulista Avenue became the first asphalt road in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, in Finland an agrarian economy predominated...

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Special report: An in-depth assessment of Budget 2018-19

Special report: An in-depth assessment of Budget 2018-19

Democracy in Pakistan is historically linked to lower GDP growth rates, widening deficits and instability. And yet people of the country seem to prefer the democratic route. Politicians might have a vested interest but why are citizens invested in a democracy that fails to deliver? The Budget 2018-19 provides some clues to...

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The trail of trash and belching facet of ‘The City of Lights’ – Understanding the politics of garbage

The trail of trash and belching facet of ‘The City of Lights’ – Understanding the politics of garbage

The sprawling city of Karachi, with a core population of 13 million and another 4 million living around it, is Pakistan’s most populated city, and the twentieth most populated urban centre in the world. It has always struggled to keep its streets clean. No reliable data exists on the exact amount of garbage generated,...

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Linguistic Ideology: Pakistan’s national language and its evading identity today

Linguistic Ideology: Pakistan’s national language and its evading identity today

Importance of national language Language has been an important and effective means of communication throughout the course of history. In the contemporary era the role of the Power elite has been to essentially use language as a disposition that bends the public opinion to serve their interest. People, who have...

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Combating Malnutrition: Determinants and cures of the medical mystery

Combating Malnutrition: Determinants and cures of the medical mystery

Malnutrition has long been associated with poverty, poor diet and inadequate access to health care, and it remains a key global health issue that both stems from and contributes to ill-health, with 50 % of childhood deaths due to underlying undernutrition. Malnutrition results from lack of food, it happens when the...

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The presidential character and intangibles of leadership: Hail to the new president – Dr Arif Alvi

The presidential character and intangibles of leadership: Hail to the new president – Dr Arif Alvi

Throughout history, leaders have played a major role in every religious community. They keep religious teachings alive in the hearts and minds of believers and motivate them to follow the true path. They are linchpins within the religious community. Islam has also outlined the need for leaders. Allah says: “And...

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Taming Superstitions – The Science of a Puzzled Brain

Taming Superstitions – The Science of a Puzzled Brain

What is superstition? Although there is no single definition of superstition, it generally means a belief in supernatural forces – such as fate – the desire to influence unpredictable factors and a need to resolve uncertainty. In this way then, individual beliefs and experiences drive superstitions, which explains why they are...

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Abortion in the Islamic world (Rava Special Report)

Abortion in the Islamic world (Rava Special Report)

Of the 5 countries in the world where abortion is completely prohibited – El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Malta and the Vatican – none is Muslim majority. That does not mean that it is not a taboo in some Islamic societies. In general, Muslims do not agree with abortion and...

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